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April 16, 2009

Scorpion venom with nanoparticles slows spread of brain cancer

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By combining nanoparticles with a scorpion venom compound already being investigated for treating brain cancer, University of Washington researchers found they could cut the spread of cancerous cells by 98 percent, compared to 45 percent for the scorpion venom alone.

“People talk about the treatment being more effective with nanoparticles but they don’t know how much, maybe 5 percent or 10 percent,” said Miqin Zhang, professor of materials science and engineering. “This was quite a surprise to us.” She is lead author of a study recently published in the journal Small.